Mrs. Carrie B. Durden

October 27, 1922October 1, 2021
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Mrs. Carrie Bowman Durden was born October 27, 1922 in Vidalia, Louisiana to the late Willie Bowman and Carrie Weathers Bowman. She was the youngest of two children. One proceeded her in death.

Her blessed life of 98 years came to a close on Friday, October 1, 2021, at her home in North Las Vegas, Nevada. During her high school years, Ms. Carrie loved sports and became an avid player on the girls basketball team at her school. She was also a great speller and often competed in award winning spelling contests in Louisiana and Mississippi. Her face always showed great excitement and pride when sharing stories of her early childhood with her family and how she was completely spoiled by her father, an engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad.

Ms. Carrie was a devout Christian. At an early age, she confessed Christ at First Baptist Church of Ferriday, Louisiana and was baptized by the late Reverend G.W. Roy. She was a member of the church choir at First Baptist for fifty years, a member of the Combined Choir, and as one of the oldest founding members she served as the Church Historian for thirty years. She was well known and loved by the entire community and was always respectfully greeted by everyone as "Ms. Carrie, Grandma or Mama."

During her lifetime she had various employment positions, but the most rewarding for her was as a school teacher. She would always take time to share. her knowledge and understanding with all the young people in her community, many of whom were from four generations of families she knew.

In 1939, Ms. Carrie met and married Arthur Williams of Ferriday, two sons were born of this union. Later, in 1946, she met and married Eddie A. Lloyd II of Ferriday, one son was born of this union. Shortly after in 1949, she met and married Richard Durden of Natchez, MS, one daughter was born of this union. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Durden, brother William Bowman and son Sam H. Williams.

Ms. Carrie is survived by her daughter Carolyn A. Barela (Jesse), of Las Vegas; two sons, Eddie A. Lloyd III, of Sylmar, CA; Tony L. Williams, of Las Vegas; sixteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren, a special daughter-in-law Beatrice Williams (widowed), of Clayton, LA; a special niece Hazel Smith, of Chino, CA; a special goddaughter, Barbara McKenna, of Inglewood, CA; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Durden family.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021


Mrs. Carrie B. Durden

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Maxine Williams

October 15, 2021

I will always cherish the memories I have of this special lady. She would chastise, teach all with love. Thank you Aunt Carrie for all the life lessons and teachings and for the love you had for all the Williams children as you always said no matter what I’m still your Aunt. Until we meet again nothing but love...Maxine

Evelyn Parker

October 13, 2021

To the family of Mrs. Carrie Durden I offer my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I was grateful to have had her as a friend. May the angels escort her home. May her ancestors welcome her arrival in Heaven. May God rest her soul in Heaven. Sleep peacefully "Miss Carrie".

Combined Choir

October 12, 2021

Our Thoughts Are with You and the Family at This Sad Time.
Mrs. Carrie was a Faithful and Caring Member of Our Combined Choir. She was the Mother to All of Us. She was Full of Wisdom and Knowledge and she shared it with All of Us.
Combined Choir and Musicians
Delores Martin, Leatrice Allen, Delores Thomas, Diana Morgan, Jackie Conner, Hattie Bethley, Donna Campbell, Lady Spurs, Louise Jolla, Theresa Newbill, Cheryl Lewis, Arthur Johnson, McArthur Tolliver and Joshua Conner
In Memory of Rose Hymon, Archia Cotton, Beatrice Heard, Mary Tolliver, Sadie Madison, Virlean Hoye and Betty Warner.

Delores Thomas

October 12, 2021

On The Behalf of the First Baptist Church of Ferriday, LA
We send Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers to the Family in the passing of Your Mother and Our Dear Sister, Member and Friend.
Mrs. Carrie was a very lovely and caring lady. She has truly been missed in Our Church since relocating to Vegas. She has truly been missed by the Town Of Ferriday, LA. She was very well respected and loved by the Citizens of Our Town.
Rest on Mrs. Carrie-Delores C. Thomas and the First Baptist Church Family.

Jean Carr Wilkerson

October 11, 2021

To The Family: With Deepest Sympathy

Ms. Carrie I will never forget the Love You Showed for Your Family, Church & Community. You will truly be missed.
As a member of First Baptist, Your Church Family Definitely Misses You. Rest On Ms. Carrie, Rest On. You Have
Earned Your Wings. Servant Well Done.
Our Prayers & Thoughts Are With You All.
Jean Carr Wilkerson

Bonnie Allen

October 8, 2021

We all share your pain, your loss and your grief. Your mother was just like a mother to everyone she knew. She met no strangers, a life time citizen of Ferriday, LA and a devoted woman of God. She will be forever be missed and always remembered.

The Staff of Concordia Funeral Home of Ferriday, LA.
Gene T. Allen, Bonnie A. Allen, Gene and Brenda Jones, Genesia S. Allen, Robert A. Allen, Cleveland Moore, Jr., Jonathan Hargrave, Josh Conner, James Spurs, Lisa L. Abron, Lady K. Spurs, Gaven O. Allen